Situated in Tampa Bay, Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is in St. Petersburg, Florida. Perfect for serious anglers and families alike, Skyway Fishing Pier State Park boasts the word’s longest fishing pier, and visitors can enjoy fishing and kayaking amidst the natural beauty of the park.
Before the Skyway Fishing Pier, Tampa Bay was the location of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which was constructed in 1954. For decades, the bridge functioned as planned, but when a 1980 storm caused a collision that killed 35 people, part of the bridge was destroyed. Nevertheless, the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built in 1987.
The remnants of the old bridge would then become what is known today as the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. Transformed into a pier, this structure was finished in 1994. Today, the bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge remains and is lit at night to illuminate the bay.
Open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, Skyway Fishing Pier State Park allows visitors to enjoy outdoor recreation at any hour of the day and on any day of the year.
Fishing – Visitors come from all over to enjoy fishing at Skyway Fishing Pier. Guests can park their cars just steps away from the pier, which offers added comfort and convenience to all-day fishers. The nearby bridge is illuminated at night, which allows for clear views of the water no matter what time of the day it is. Skyway Fishing Pier also rents out fishing poles, so lack of equipment should not prevent less experienced anglers from visiting. Guests may need a current fishing license to fish at Skyway Fishing Pier.
Kayaking – Visitors to Skyway Fishing Pier can also enjoy the water up close from a kayak. Whether bringing their own kayak or enjoying a guided tour by an outside company, visitors can fish from these boats, travel along the bay, or simply float in the tranquil waters.
Sightseeing and Photography – Guests adore the unparalleled view that the Skyway Fishing Pier offers. The tranquility of the water and the view of the sky create the opportunity to see gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, although the pier is beautiful at any time of the day. Photography buffs can also enjoy the lovely backdrop provided by the bay.
Natural Environment – The beauty of the Skyway Fishing Pier makes it the perfect site for all tourists, whether they want to fish or not. Tampa Bay hosts a wide variety of fascinating fish native to the area that can be spotted from the pier, as well as the occasional dolphin.
Although the pier does not offer formal tours or field trip opportunities, Skyway Fishing Pier does present an initiative that educate the public about the environment.
Waterbird Entanglement – Working with Audubon Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Skyway Fishing Pier has begun teaching fishers at the pier how best to handle water birds that become tangled in fishing tackle. Fishers can become experts in disentangling birds and disposing of fish carcasses safely. Helpful informational brochures can be found at the pier and also on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website.
The Skyway Fishing Pier’s historical relevance as the site of the 1980 Skyway Collision, as well as its scientific significance as a natural habitat for a variety of aquatic creatures, make it the perfect place for hands on learning.
Special events at Skyway Fishing Pier State Park are rare, but interested visitors can check the park’s website for an updated schedule of events.
Dining and Shopping
For dining and shopping alike, the Skyway Fishing Pier offers two bait shops. Not only can guests purchase supplies related to fishing, such as bait and tackle, but they can also enjoy a variety of beverages, snacks, and sandwiches. The Skyway Fishing Pier Bait Shops are open 24 hours to serve clientele at all hours, but availability throughout the year, particularly on holidays, may vary.
No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the pier, but visitors may bring outside food onto the pier. Guests can pack their own snacks, and for full meals, the nearby town of St. Petersburg has a variety of dining options to suit all tastes. Nighttime visitors should plan ahead, as not all restaurants in the area have 24 hour service.
4905 34th Street South #5000, St. Petersburg, FL 33711